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Posted January 12th, 2012

RAMAPO POLICE REPORT

Clifton Culpepper Jr, 39 years old, and John A. Grier, 43 years old, from Patterson, NJ, were arrested after Ramapo police responded to a large refrigeration unit being stolen off the property of 114 Rt 59 Monsey. Upon arrival, police found the two males had come onto the rear lot of 114 Rt 59 and cut the compressor out of a refrigeration unit that was on the property.  The two suspects had then loaded the compressor onto a box truck when they were stopped by the property owner. Culpepper and Grier were both arrested at the scene and charged with Grand larceny 4th degree (felony), Criminal possession of stolen property 4th degree (felony) and criminal mischief in the 4th degree(misdemeanor).  Both suspects were brought before Judge Stein of the Town of Ramapo Court who set bail at 2,500.00 dollars.

Mose Doppelt, age 57, from Monsey, NY, was taken to Nyack Hospital on December 18 after Ramapo police responded to a motor vehicle accident on North Rt 45 and New Hempstead Rd. A 2010 Honda traveling south bound on North Rt 45 had veered off the road, striking a tree and large rock causing the auto to roll on its passenger side. Hillcrest Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted in getting the driver out of the auto. The accident is still under investigation by the Ramapo Police Department. As of this time no charges have been filed.

On December 9, 2011, Ramapo Police responded to #124 Rt. 306 for a reported structure fire. Investigating officers learned that a lit candle fell off a table and ignited a tablecloth and a chair. The flames were extinguished by the apartment’s sprinkler system. The tenant, Feiga Tirnauer, 24, told officers that she and her three children were in the apartment when she noticed the flames and evacuated the apartment. The apartment is on the upper level of a two apartment structure. The lower apartment was also occupied at the time. The tenants there also safely evacuated. There was significant water damage to the two apartments. Orange and Rockland utilities shut the electrical supply to the unit and Kaser fire inspector W. Press ordered the apartments secured until an inspection of the electrical system could be made. Both tenants said they would stay with family in the area. Monsey FD was in command at the scene.

The Ramapo Police Department is investigating a pedestrian accident that occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on December 27, 2011, in front of #7 Jefferson Avenue, New Square, New York. The victim, an 11-year-old boy, stated that he was stepping off a curb in front of the above location, when he was struck or brushed by a dark colored vehicle, no further description, knocking him to the ground. He reported that the vehicle did not stop, and fled toward Lincoln Avenue. The victim sustained bruising and pain to his leg, and facial injury, which do not appear to be life threatening. Hatzolah Ambulance transported the victim to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City for treatment.  At this time there are no known witnesses to the accident.  Hatzolah Ambulance and New Square Emergency Services are cooperating with this investigation.  The Ramapo Police Department is requesting anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact us at (845) 357-2400.

On Christmas Day at 3:45 p.m., Ramapo Police and Sloatsburg Fire Department responded to a house fire at 38 Johnsontown Rd. Upon arrival, officers observed heavy smoke and some fire inside the house. All occupants of the house were outside. The fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department, and no residents were injured. One firefighter was injured and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with a hand laceration.  The resident of the house is staying with neighbors. Rockland County BCI Arson Investigators, Ramapo PD Detectives and Town of Ramapo Fire Inspector Buckley all responded to the scene. An investigation as to the cause of the fire is underway.

 

Shaheim Bowman, age 26, residing at 139 Brabant Street, Staten Island, NY, was sentenced January 3, 2012, before New York State County Court Justice William K. Nelson to a state prison term of 3 years and 3 years post release supervision after pleading guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. District Attorney, Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about February 20, 2010, members of the New York State Police stopped a vehicle traveling on the NYS Thruway for traffic violations. After an investigation and subsequent search of the passenger, Shaheim Bowman, the Officers found 285 pills of Percoset and 78 pills of Oxycotin. After transporting the defendant to the Barracks in Tarrytown, the officers found 22 glassine envelopes containing heroin in the back seat of the police cruiser. Throughout the investigation and subsequent arrest the defendant attempted to conceal his identity to the Officers by saying that his name was Samuel Bowman, who is the defendant’s older brother.

 

 

DA’S REPORT

Francis Brooks, age 52, residing at 73 North Everts Avenue, Elmsford, NY, Daniel Moreta, age 31, residing at 1642 Montegomery Avenue, Bronx, NY, and Shayna Brunson, age 27, residing at 2013 Cresent Drive, Tarrytown, NY, were indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crimes Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree and Petit Larceny. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about November 25, 2011 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Lord and Taylor Loss Prevention Officers observed Daniel Moreta and Shayna Brunson selecting merchandise. Shayna Brunson then took all the selected merchandise to the store’s exit and placed them down on the ground. Daniel Moreta then exited the store and walked to a vehicle. Francis Brooks exited the vehicle and removed an empty Lord and Taylor shopping bag from the trunk and entered Lord and Taylor. Daniel Moreta then drove the vehicle to the store’s exit and Shayna Brunson entered the vehicle. Francis Brooks entered the store and placed the items Shayna Brunson had placed down into the Lord and Taylor shopping bag. Francis Brooks then exited the store and got into the vehicle with the merchandise. Clarkstown Police responded and all defendants were arrested.

Aaron Day, age 47, residing at 16 Govan Drive, Stony Point, NY, was indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crimes Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th and 5th Degree and Petit Larceny. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about May 27, 2011, the defendant along with a co-defendant took a customer’s pocketbook, which was left on a shelf in ShopRite located in Stony Point. The purse contained cash, several credit cards and forms of identification. The purse and its contents were recovered at the defendant’s home.

Trisha Geiger, age 45, residing at 8 Campbell Court, West Haverstraw, NY, was indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crime of Driving While Intoxicated, as Felony (2 counts). District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about July 2 and September 11, 2011, the defendant was stopped for various vehicle and traffic violations. The officer observed the defendant to be in an intoxicated condition. The defendant had slurred speech, glassy eyes and an odor of alcoholic beverage. The defendant failed various sobriety tests and refused to submit to a chemical test on both dates.

Arthur Jackson, age 34, residing at 150 Liberty Parkway, Spring Valley, NY, was indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crime of Assault in the 2nd Degree. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about July 18, 2011 at approximately 10:00 a.m., the defendant was a prisoner in the Rockland County Jail. The defendant physically assaulted a uniformed Correctional Officer after the defendant refused orders. The Correctional Officer required treatment at a nearby hospital for his injuries.

Daniel Jean-Baptiste, age 68, residing at 272 Main Street, Spring Valley, NY, was indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crime Murder in the 2nd Degree. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about October 20, 1994 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the defendant caused the death of Rene Charles. The victim was shot several times at close range. The defendant was arrested on December 21, 2011 by the Spring Valley Police Department.

Josue Lascurian, age 25, residing at 28 Second Avenue, Nanuet, NY, and Jorge Vallego, age 22, residing at 28 Second Avenue, Nanuet, NY, were indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crimes Robbery in the 2nd Degree (2 counts), Defendant Jorge Vallego was also indicted for Burglary in the 2nd Degree. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about December 2, 2011, defendant Jorge Vallego broke into the victim’s apartment and stole a television and as well as other various property. Also, on or about December 5, 2011 both defendants approached the victim and defendant Josue Lascurian threatened the victim with a pellet gun while defendant Vallego took the victim’s cell phone.

Arlene Layton, age 37, residing at 1744 North 29th Street, Philadelphia, PA, pled guilty on October 26, 2011 to Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree in connection with two separate cases. District Attorney, Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about June 22, 2011 at approximately 1 p.m. at the M&T Bank located at 527 Piermont Avenue in Piermont and on or about August 19, 2011 at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the M&T Bank located at 66 Route 59 in the Town of Ramapo, the defendant attempted to withdraw money from an M&T Bank accounts without the permission or authority of the account’s owners. The defendant presented and possessed a forged Pennsylvania State Driver’s License bearing the account holders’ names as identification while attempting to withdraw the funds from the accounts. On December 14, 2011, the defendant was sentenced by the Honorable Charles Apotheker, County Court Judge to six months in the Rockland County Jail, five years probation and restitution of $4,275.

Stephen Morgan, age 35, residing at 20 Karnell Street, Spring Valley, NY, was indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crimes Attempted Robbery in the 1st and 2nd Degree, Attempted Assault in the 1st Degree and Assault in the 2nd Degree. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about December 19, 2011 at approximately 8:40 p.m., at 100 Karnell Street in Spring Valley, NY, the defendant assaulted and attempted to rob the victim. The defendant struck the victim over the head multiple times with a hammer wrapped in a sock. The victim had no money and the defendant was unable to get any property from the robbery. The victim was treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained during the incident, including a laceration to the head.

Matthew Schmidt, age 29, residing at 85 Oriole Street, Pearl River, NY, was indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crimes of Criminal Mischief in the 2nd and 3rd Degree. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about July 17, 2011 at approximately 12:00 p.m., the defendant phone his wife and threatened to burn the house and/or drive his car into the front of the house. Officers from Orangetown Police Department responded to the complaint and while officers were in the house taking the statement, the defendant drove his car into the officer’s police vehicle. The defendant was immediately placed under arrest. The total damage of the vehicle was $2,134.42. DA Zugibe further stated that on or about November 21, 2011 at approximately 12:34 a.m., the defendant was arrested for petit larceny and Harassment in the 2nd Degree. While in the Orangetown Police Department jail cell, the defendant intentionally broke the sprinkler. The total damage of the sprinkler system was $694.

Pinches Sirkus, age 17, residing at 23 Bush Lane, Spring Valley, was indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crime Robbery in the 3rd Degree (2 counts). District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about and between November 10 and December 20, 2011, the defendant picked up the female victims who were walking and offered them jobs to clean his house. Once the victims were in his car, he drove them around and asked them for sex. Both women refused and on each occasion the defendant forcibly stole their pocketbook and left them stranded.

Kevin Stadnick, age 28, residing at 108 Derfuss Lane, Blauvelt, NY pled guilty on August 24, 2011 to Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree. District Attorney, Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about April 13, 2011 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the defendant stole Star Wars collectible action figures and a telescope from the home of a party who was protected pursuant to an Order of Protection. The defendant’s actions violated the Order of Protection issued by the Orangetown Justice Court, which in part stated that the defendant was to refrain from any criminal offense against the victim. On December 21, 2011, the defendant was sentenced by the Honorable Charles Apotheker, County Court Judge to one to three years in state prison.

Jeffrey Thomas, age 50, residing at 38 Camphill Road, Pomona, NY, was indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crimes of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree (4 counts), Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and Petit Larceny. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about and between September 9, 2010 and September 18, 2011, the defendant ordered tires from a tire company over the phone. The defendant had the tires delivered and paid with KeyBank checks. The KeyBank account did not exist. The totaled checks amounted $3,671.

Henry Torres, age 32, residing at 35 Main Street, Haverstraw, NY, was sentenced January 3, 2012, before New York State County Court Justice William K. Nelson to a state prison term of 5 years and 5 years post release supervision after pleading guilty to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree. District Attorney, Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about September 12, 2008, at approximately 11:15 a.m., a search warrant was conducted at 35 Main Street, Apartment 3/FR, Haverstraw, New York (the defendant’s apartment). The search revealed a locked closet in the defendant’s bedroom; inside the locked closet was a plastic gun case, which contained a Bryco Arms/Jennings Nine 9mm caliber semiautomatic pistol, loaded with 10 rounds of live ammunition.

Mencia Urena, age 31, residing at 42 Hillside Avenue, Haverstraw, NY, was indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crime of Driving While Intoxicated, as a Felony. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about October 9, 2011, at approximately 4:25 a.m., the defendant was driving a vehicle on Route 9W in the Town of Clarkstown in an intoxicated condition. The defendant was observed swerving his car onto the shoulder and across the double yellow line on the road, failed several field sobriety tests, and a chemical analysis of his breath reviled his blood alcohol content to be .18%. The defendant had previous DWIs in 2004 in Spring Valley, 2005 in Clarkstown and a Felony DWI in County Court.

Malik Wade, age 39, residing at 145 Bridge Street, Bridgeport, CT, was indicted on December 23, 2011 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crimes of Attempted Burglary in the 2nd Degree and Aggravated Harrassment. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about December 9 and December 10, 2011, the defendant made repeated threatening phone calls to the victim’s home. The victim reported the phone calls the morning of December 10, 2011 and a Clarkstown police officer went to the victim’s house. The afternoon of December 10, 2011, the police officer went back to the victim’s house to have her sign paperwork. The officer observed the defendant trying to open a first floor window of the victim’s home. The defendant was placed under arrest.

Michael Walker, age 55, residing on Boston Road, Bronx, NY, was indicted on January 4, 2012 by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the crime Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 1st Degree. District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe stated that on or about March 11, 2010 at approximately 11:33 p.m., the defendant was pulled over while he was traveling northbound on 1-87 in the Town of Clarkstown, for various vehicle and violations. After an investigation by the NYS Police, it was determined that the defendant’s license was suspended. The investigation further revealed that the defendant possessed approximately 38 pounds of marijuana.

 

CLARKSTOWN POLICE REPORT

DWIS
On January 7, 2012 at approximately 6:15 p.m. the Clarkstown Police responded to a motor vehicle accident at Rt 304 and Demarest Mill Rd Nanuet. Vehicle # 1 driven by Thomas Mathew, age 64, from New City was traveling northbound on Rt. 304 when it cut off vehicle #2 which was also traveling northbound. Vehicle # 1 struck Vehicle # 2 loosing its front passenger tire. The tire went into the southbound lane causing minor damage to two other vehicles. Mathews was administered a field sobriety test at the scene which he failed. He was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he submitted to a breathalyzer test which he also failed. Mathews was released later in the evening on an appearance ticket to appear in Justice Court on January 11, 2012 to answer the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (misdemeanor) Assault 3 degree (misdemeanor) and traffic violations. The driver and passenger were transported to Nyack Hospital with minor injuries.
On January 8, 2012 at approximately 12:50 a.m. a Clarkstown Police Officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Sickletown Rd. West Nyack in an erratic manner. When the vehicle was stopped the driver was identified as Nicholas Delorenzo, age 30, from Bardonia. He was administered a field sobriety test at the scene which he failed. Delorenzo was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. He was arraigned and remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500 and will appear in Justice Court on January 11, 2012 to answer the charges Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1 degree (felony), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle Alcohol Related (misdemeanor), Driving While Intoxicated (misdemeanor), Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument (misdemeanor), Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test (traffic infraction), and Reckless Driving (misdemeanor).
On January 6, 2012 at approximately 3:10 a.m. a Clarkstown Police officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle traveling westbound on Rt. 59 Central Nyack in an erratic manner and operating with no lights. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was identified as Jorge Cornielle, age 19, from Tappan. He was administered a field sobriety test at the scene which he failed. Cornielle was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. He was arraigned later in the morning and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Justice Court at a later date to answer the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (misdemeanor) and several traffic violations.

On January 1, 2012 at approximately 6:00 a.m. a Clarkstown Police Officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle traveling westbound on Congers Rd. in an erratic manner. When the vehicle was stopped the driver was identified as Louis Aronowitz, age 23, from New City. He was administered a field sobriety test at the scene which he failed. Aronowitz was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. He was arraigned by Judge Thorsen later in the morning and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Justice Court on February 1, 2012 to answer the charge of Driving While Intoxicated (misdemeanor) and traffic violations.Shoplifter
SHOPLIFTERS
On January 7, 2012 at approximately 12:10 p.m. the Clarkstown Police responded to Home Depot, Nanuet on a report of a shoplifter. The complainant (loss prevention) reported that he observed Frank Brown, age 56, from Monticello select several items from a store display, put them in a bag he was carrying and attempted to leave the store without paying. The items were valued at approximately $200. When he was approached by store personnel he fled the scene. A description was broadcasted over the police radio and Brown was apprehended and arrested a short time later on Rt. 59 Nanuet. A check through the computer revealed there was an outstanding arrest warrant out of Monticello. He was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Justice Court on January 30, 2012 to answer the charges of Petit Larceny (misdemeanor) and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5 degree (misdemeanor). Brown was release to the Monticello Police later in the afternoon on their warrant.
On January 4, 2012 at approximately 6:40 p.m. the Clarkstown Police responded to Lord and Taylor’s Palisades Center Mall on a report of two shoplifters. The complainant (loss prevention) reported he observed two suspects take clothing off display racks concealing the items in a shopping bag they were carrying. The items were valued at approximately $100. The suspects later identified as Rayshawn Hines, age 31, and Tycia Peterson age 25 both from Brooklyn NY. They were issued appearance tickets to appear in Justice Court on January 18, 2012 to answer the charges of Petit Larceny (misdemeanor) and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5 degree (Misdemeanor).
On January 3, 2012 at approximately 9:20 p.m. the Clarkstown Police responded to Macy’s Palisades Center Mall on a report of three shoplifters. The complainant (loss prevention) reported he observed three suspects take clothing off display racks concealing the items on their person and fled the store without paying. The items were valued at approximately $1000. The three suspects entered a vehicle then fled the scene. A description of the individuals and vehicle were broadcasted of the police radio and the vehicle with the three suspects was stopped a short distance away. When the vehicle was stopped two of the suspects then fled on foot but were apprehended on Rt 303. All three were identified as Michael Polite age 26, Ovell Levine age 23, and Jaheem Simmons, age 30, all from Brooklyn NY. They were issued appearance tickets to appear in Justice Court on February 8, 2012 to answer the charges of Grand Larceny 4 degree (felony) and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4 degree (felony).
EMPLOYEE THEFT
On January 6, 2012 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Clarkstown Police responded to Target on a report of employee theft. The complainant (loss prevention) reported they had just completed an internal investigation on one of their employees identified as Louis Osias, age 21, from Spring Valley. The investigation revealed that Osias on numerous occasions after completing a valid transaction he would use a unauthorized coupon and generate a $10 gift card which he kept for himself. Osias was arrested and issued a appearance ticket to appear in Justice Court on January 30, 2012 to answer the charges of Petit larcent 3 counts (misdemeanor), Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5 degree 3 counts (misdemeanor), and Falsify Business Records 2 degree 3 counts (misdemeanor).
On January 3, 2012 at approximately 7:00 p.m. the Clarkstown Police responded to Office Depot Nanuet on a report of employee theft. The complainant (manager) reported they conducted an internal investigation on an employee identified as Cassandra Arias, age 22, from Spring Valley. The investigation revealed that Arias had taken approximately $800 from the cash register she was working at from November 6, 2011 to this date. Arias was arrested and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Justice Court January 18, 2012 to answer the charges of Petit Larceny (misdemeanor) and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5 degree (misdemeanor).
MENACING
On January 1, 2012 at approximately 6:30 a.m. the Clarkstown Police responded to a residence on Middletown Rd Nanuet on a report of Menacing. The complainant reported that she had a confrontation with her live in boyfriend. He caused damage to the residence and displayed a knife and a rifle, which he threatened her with both weapons. When she called 911 he fled the scene. A description of the suspect later identified as Daniel Beladino, age 42, from Nanuet and his vehicle were broadcasted over the police radio. A short time later Beladino was located by a Clarkstown Police Officer and arrested. He was transported to police headquarters where he was arraigned before Judge Thorsen who remanded to the Rockland County Correctional Facility in Lieu of $20,000 bail. He will appear in Justice Court on January 4, 2012 to answer the charges of Criminal Possession of a Weapon (felony) Criminal Mischief 3 degree (felony), Menacing 2 degree (misdemeanor), and Harassment 2 degree (violation).
BURGLARY
On December 28, 2011 at approximately 2:20 a.m. the Clarkstown Police responded to a residence on Pepperill Ct. and Arcadia Dr New City in reference to a burglary. At the Peppetill Ct. address the home owner reported that the rear sliding door was unlocked and two cell phones were missing. At the Arcadia Dr residence the homeowner stated that a 42” flat screen TV was missing and he believes the entry was gained by a unlocked front door. After an investigation Victor Lleshaj, age 18, Michael Volosyuk, age 18, Jean Zuleta, age 18, and Timothy Mekhlin, age 18, all from New City were arrested and transported to police headquarters where they were arraigned. Lleshaj, Volosyuk, and Zuleta were remanded to the Rockland County Correctional facility in lieu of $2,000 bail. Mekhlin was released on $1,000 bail. All four will appear in Justice Court on January 3, 2012 to answer the charges of Burglary 2 degree (felony) and Petit Larceny 2 counts (misdemeanor). Zuleta was also charged with a second count of Burglary 2 degree (felony). The proceeds from the burglary were recovered.